Its been awhile since I have been able to write up a post. I spent most of June up in Michigan for work. luckily we were able to sneak away most evenings and on weekends to do a little fishing. I spent the most of the trip throwing large pike flies for toothy critters but only caught a few small to mid sized fish. we saw plenty of the big ones as they chased flies and lures back to the boat but we couldn’t connect with them. I tried the figure 8 and the L with no luck.
I did catch several nice small mouth that were not afraid to eat 7 inch long flies. We got into a few big large mouth as well. All in all it was a good trip, especially since I was being paid to be there.
After Michigan I headed up to the North Shore of Minnesota near Grand Marais with the wife and kids. We had a great vacation with our extended family that we don’t get to see that often. We started the week off right with a chartered trip out on Lake Superior. We caught a bunch of nice lake trout and Chris caught one salmon.
I was able to get away and fish the streams every morning we were there. If you haven’t been up there, I suggest you check it out. Its a simple mater of driving the national forest roads until you cross a creek. You get out and catch brook trout. I have to imagine that this is what the guys in Colorado feel like, all you have to do is find water and it will have trout in it.
We caught brookies from 3-12 inches long. My best flies were the pink grass hopper and the black beetle. we got a heavy rain over night so I spent the next morning fishing a San Juan worm under an indicator. Not nearly as much fun but it was crazy effective. My best fish was a 12 inch long brook that was holding in a back eddy along a fallen log, he hammered the hopper and ran down the rapids like Salmon. I’m sure my buddy Travis was getting a kick out of watching me get run around like I had a shark on the end of my line. I was finally able to get her into some slack water about 20 yards down stream. I didn’t bother taking a picture partly because I’m sure the fish was exhausted and I didn’t want to stress her any further. And partly because you should remember fish like that the way you remember them, not necessarily how they really were.
I can’t get over how beautiful theses little fish are. They are so much darker than the ones I am used to seeing in Iowa, of course they are also all wild.
The best part is, we get to do it all again next year.